This ancient city is paved with stone and history, and warrants the perfect apartment to explore it from, particularly during the electric weekend that is the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the largest arts festival in the world. Whether it’s your first time or your fifteenth, we can help you plan ahead of what is always a hectic weekend. We have picked some of the most sophisticated and traditional holiday lets for you to retire to after a long day hopping from theatre to theatre, laughing until your sides hurt and enjoying what the Scottish capital has to offer.
Our advice for this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe
1. The only thing to plan ahead is your accommodation
The Fringe should largely be a spontaneous affair, as you explore the ancient city with either an Iron Bru, whisky or Buckfast in hand. For total nonchalance during your time there however, make sure you book accommodation as early as possible. If the Festival is a guaranteed date in your calendar every year, we suggest booking as early as the start of 2018.
2. Arrive at the start of the programme
If you’re looking for cheaper tickets and less crowds, we highly recommend arriving at the beginning of the programme to see the shows when they’re first getting started. This is usually their trial period to iron out any creases before the thick of the festival begins, however they are all of great quality, so this makes no difference.
3. Visit Royal Mile for a taster of what’s to come
Take a trip down to the busiest road in Edinburgh to see on-street performers and small snippets of what is to come later. Here you will be enticed by actors, comedians, performers and more as they attempt to draw you in with flyers and more. It is a great affair and the perfect way to wile away time in between shows.
4. Download the app
We recommend downloading the application on your phone in tandem with the Edinburgh Fringe programme so that you can stay up to date while on the move around the city – you’ll be doing a lot of running around!
5. Head to the Virgin Money Half Price Hut for cheap tickets
This is the best option if you’re looking for cheaper tickets last minute. Here you will find tickets for some top quality shows and it is located in the centre of the city so you can quickly reach it between shows.
Our favourite Edinburgh holiday lets for the Festival
1. Self catering apartment in Edinburgh
This stylish self-catering accommodation is only 400m from Edinburgh Castle and is perfectly located for exploring the city centre of Edinburgh. The apartment benefits from a king-size bed, a flat-screen TV and a large en-suite bathroom with a bathtub and a shower. A fully equipped kitchen and a separate WC are also included. It also boasts a drawing-room-style living room with high ceilings and antique furniture throughout. A wide array of cafés, bars, restaurants and pubs serving fine international cuisine and traditional Scottish and British food are available within a 10-minute walk from the accommodation. Several supermarkets and convenience shops are also located within a 15-minute walk from the apartments. The medieval Royal Mile and Holyrood Road with the Holyrood Castle are within 1 km from this apartment. Edinburgh’s Airport can be reached in 20 minutes by tram or bus, and the city of Glasgow is a 45-minute train ride away.
2. 2-bed apartment near Edinburgh centre
A 6-minute drive from the centre of Edinburgh, this is a high-quality accommodation with free on-site parking and Wi-Fi. In the Newington area, the apartment is a 15-minute walk from Holyrood Park. It has a fully equipped kitchen with oven, microwave, coffee machine, fridge and dishwasher, and a dining table and chairs. Entertainment is provided by a flat-screen TV, Blu-ray and DVD player, games console and video games. The 2 bedrooms are complemented by a bathroom with bath or shower and hairdryer. There is also an outdoor dining area. The National Museum of Scotland, Scottish Parliament and Edinburgh Playhouse are all within a 7-minute drive of the apartment. In the Old Town, Edinburgh Castle is 6 minutes away. Newington is a great choice for travellers interested in museums, scenery and history.
3. Luxury apartment in Edinburgh with modern fittings
This is an accommodation situated in Edinburgh, a 4-minute walk from Edinburgh Military Tattoo and a 6-minute walk from the Royal Mile. Guests staying at this apartment have access to a fully equipped kitchen. The apartment has a satellite flat-screen TV, and the nearest airport is Edinburgh Airport, 11 km from the property. New Town is a great choice for travellers interested in shopping, food and Georgian architecture.
4. 2 bed apartment in Edinburgh New Town
This gorgeous 2 bedroom apartment, which sleeps up to four guests, is located to the Eastern side of the city’s Georgian New Town only two minutes walk from the popular Broughton Street area with its varied selection of cafes, bars and restaurants. The area also offers an award winning butcher, a fishmonger, a couple of superb delicatessens including Real foods (renowned for its extensive selection of health foods), and several independently owned boutiques selling an tantalizing range of, gifts, cards, clothes, jewellery and art. Broughton Street is a great place to spend some time browsing or enjoying a cup of coffee or a drink or a meal. At the head of the Street you will find even more appealing restaurants as well as the Omni centre with its multi-screen cinema, The Playhouse theatre, the St James Shopping centre and beyond that, the East end of Princes Street. If you are arriving or departing from Edinburgh Airport, you can now pick up a tram from York Place, just to the right of the top of Broughton Street. This much loved first floor apartment has been decorated with great care and attention by its owners to provide an unusually comfortable and striking space for you to enjoy as your base while you spend time exploring this beautiful city.
5. Luxury 2 bed property in Edinburgh
This two bedroom, main door property seemlessly mixes traditional charm with modern day luxury, and boasts an enviable location in the city centre. Enter and be greeted by beautiful polished flagstone flooring and sea grass wallpaper in the entrance hall, complimented by your choice of music playing through the Sonos system. Move through to the large lounge, decorated in calming neutral tones perfectly complimenting the glorious Georgian double windows and their leafy outlook. Comfy sofas and designer armchairs await, ready to help you relax after a long journey or busy day of exploring. TV and WiFi are, of course, on hand to offer light entertainment. The traditional lures of Edinburgh Castle and the medieval Old Town are within one mile, and those in town for a spot of indulgence will be delighted to hear that designer handbag and cocktail heaven George Street and Multrees Walk are just a ten minute walk away. Culture Vultures are just as accommodated for, with Edinburgh Playhouse quite literally around the corner, two Scottish National Galleries less than a mile away and almost all venues of the various Edinburgh Festivals reached within a 10-20 minutes walk.
You’ll thank us for planning ahead, we promise you!